This is a bizarro problem: I have a maxtor one-touch 300gb external and XP pro. Its the USB or firewire version, but I only have USB, so thats what Ive been using. I set it up again after driving it across the whole country. It was safely packed in a box and din't get the opportunity to move around or anything. When attached It makes the 2 beeps as usual, and the "safely remove hardware" icon appears. BUT...the drive does not appear in "my computer". And when I click on the shortcut I had on my desktop direct to the drive...it says " Error! cannot be found " I suspected that installing the software for my GPS (also USB) might have done something, so I tried the maxtor on my brand spanking new laptop. Same behavior! The "safely remove" thing works, it just wont show up in my computer. Also the maxctor software does not detect the drive whe I try to run diagnostics... Dont that beat all... any ideas?